2017 NRCA Officers
Ian Shadrick, President
Ian Shadrick M.A., M.A., CRC, CVRT is a certified rehabilitation counselor and certified vision rehabilitation therapist. He is currently Program Manager for Transition, Pre-Employment and Children’s services for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind of Missouri. He has previously served as graduate program coordinator and faculty for blindness & low vision and orientation and mobility. He has provided both direct service and instruction within vocational rehabilitation and independent living/Older Blind programs across all areas as both a rehabilitation counselor and vision rehabilitation therapist in multiple states, in both center and itinerant settings. His experience includes having worked in international education and rehabilitation, as a federal contractor in blind rehabilitation, private rehabilitation, a low vision clinic, universities, as a doctoral researcher on secondary transition, and as CEO of a private rehabilitation consulting firm. Additionally he has provided national and regional trainings to service providers from across the country on a range of topics. In addition to his role as President of NRCA, Mr. Shadrick is currently Past-President of the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (AVRT) and Immediate Past Chair of the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Division (Division 11) of Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. He holds a masters in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from Western Michigan University, a masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a graduate certificate in Orientation & Mobility from Missouri State University, and is currently completing his dissertation for his Doctorate of Education in Leadership in Special Education, which he will defend in spring 2018.
Angela Price, Immediate Past President
Ms. Price earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1994. She has earned a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration (2002) and a Master of Science in Human Resources Rehabilitation Counseling (2013) from East Central University. She holds a certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate practicing in Pittsburgh County working with individuals and families.
Ms. Price has over 14 years of experience working with persons with disabilities and mental health disorders. In addition, the last five years she has been working in the higher educational system as an instructor and advisor, teaching in the undergraduate Counseling and graduate Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling programs. In this time, she is a co-director on a RSA Long Term Training Grant ($999,985.00) and Co-author on a self-study for dual accreditation (CORE and CACREP), which is in the final stages of the approval process. She is a member of McAlester Young Professionals, National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and Oklahoma Counseling Association.
Chrisann Schiro-Geist, President Elect
I have a 40 year history with NRCA, having served at both the state and regional levels as president of the Illinois and Great Lakes Regional chapters. I was the recipient of the NRCA National Citation in 1993. I am an NRCA Life Member and have been a CRC since 1976. I have been the "Book and Media Editor" for The Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (JARC) during the terms of the last three Editors. I value JARC as one of the major assets of NRCA and as a truly valued scholarly contribution to the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. I am also a Life Member of NRA, with which we are currently negotiating for a new home-base. I am pleased to be currently on the NRCA Board as a member-at-large and have been present during the discussion of current issues of transformation of the organization and potential re-organization under NRA.
This is a critical time for NRCA. We are dealing with issues of survival of what we consider critical to the success of Rehabilitation Counseling, as it is practiced in the USA. I believe that I have both the historical understanding and the vision of the future to help lead the organization through this transition to our new future. I feel that I can work with NRA to help NRCA end up in a position of strength in the new re-organization or to continue as a functional, forward-looking professional organization, depending on the outcome of our negotiations. I care about NRCA and have the time and experience to help guide it through these challenging times.
Michelle Marme , Secretary/Treasurer
NRCA is in a unique position in its history, as well as the history of the vocational rehabilitation counseling field. As CORE merges with CACREP, many practitioners, educators, and researchers in our community worry that our identity will be lost. As the educational system increases its emphasis on mental health counseling, many are concerned that this will happen by diminishing the emphases on vocational and disability foci that are at the heart of what we do and who we are professionally. In such times as these, however, we have both the challenge and the opportunity to galvanize our community and to clarify, perhaps more expertly than ever before, who we are as practitioners, educators, and researchers. The current environment calls us to align with allied groups and to develop a stronger focus as to our role and mission. Now is the time to develop clear communication with the larger community as to what vocational rehabilitation counseling is.
I would embrace the opportunity to lead coalition building, public relations to the wider community as to what we do and who we are. Along with NRCA leadership and members, our efforts will be directed toward clarifying our commitment to assisting people with disabilities in defining their desired outcomes and supporting them in finding the lives they wish to live.
I have been a vocational rehabilitation counselor in a variety of settings, since 1978. Those areas of practice have been Veterans Medical Centers, state inpatient treatment centers for adults with psychiatric issues, university centers for students and faculty with disabilities, and rehabilitation hospitals. I have been a university educator since 1987. My most recent publication is entitled, Strengths-Based Theory and Practice: perspectives and Strategies that Enhance Growth, Hope, and Resilience for People Living with Chronic Illness and Disability, a chapter in the 2016 text, Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices: Finding Common Factors, edited by JK Edwards, A. Young, and HJ Nikels. I serve on the boards of the following organizations: Coalition for Illinois Counselor Organizations; El Valor Corporation; Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Coalition. Previously, I served on the Council for Rehabilitation Education Undergraduate Standards (for 20 years) and have served as the Illinois representative to the Great Lakes Region Board of NRCA. At two points in time, I served as the president of the Illinois Rehabilitation Counseling Association. I love our field, am a hard worker, and would be most honored to serve on the NRCA board.
Cindy Allen , Board Member at-Large
As an NRCA Board Member-At-Large I bring my experience and perspective of being a new professional CRC and an LPC Candidate, as well as my life experience of living with a person who has a disability. I have experience as a Special Education Teacher, Behavior Specialist, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist, and Case Manager for people varying in ages from four to sixty four years old with many forms of physical, emotional, and mental disabilities. One of my life mottos is this well-known truism: “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It reminds me that even though it is not known who actually pinned it, many have used it and benefited from its content. I feel this is so true in our profession of CRC. We know how to assist and advocate for people with disabilities, we must include in our knowledge the consideration of the “birds eye view” of the people we are helping. I believe that the merging of astute professionals in the NRCA can bring an abundance of knowledge and ideas to inspire us as professionals as well as promote optimism in our consumer’s lives. My vision for NRCA includes members and leaders joining together to unify the profession and reach into all geographical areas.
Joi Grier is currently a Clinical Therapist I with Riverside University Health Systems-Behavior Health. She works with transition aged youth (TAY) and first episode psychosis (FEP). Joi has experience as an advocate and therapist of persons dealing with persistent and severe mental illness to include adult voice hearer with other psychotic features.
As a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and many years of experience with persons who are challenged with co-occurring disorders, Joi earned a Master of Art in Rehabilitation Counseling at California State University-San Bernardino, CA. In 2014 Joi earned a second Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.